Getting to know … Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre

Monash Adjunct Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre.

Monash University Adjunct Professor Monika Djerf-Pierre is working on research projects with her fellow colleagues in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Caulfield.

Prof Djerf-Pierre, who is researching in Australia for several months, resides in a small fishing village on a Swedish island and works for The University of Gothenburg.

Here is her profile …

Name: Monika Djerf-Pierre

Title: Adjunct professor of journalism

Faculty/Division: Arts

Dept: MFJ

Campus: Caulfield


How long have you worked at Monash?

Two years.


Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

The University of Gothenburg, Sweden (I am still working at UGOT).


What do you like best about your role?

The opportunities to do research and explore new areas of inquiry.


Why did you choose your current career path?

I started journalism school when I was 19, but got recruited to a research project and soon realized that I probably would be a better researcher than journalist (I don’t like writing!)

First job?

Picking wild oats (weed) in the oat fields, a summer job I had when I was 14.


Worst job?

Working as a nurse’s assistant in a home for the elderly (I hated to get up very early in the morning).


What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?

I am involved in a number of research projects focusing on environmental journalism (climate change and environmental crisis reporting), health communication (how antibiotic resistance is communicated in news media and social media), gender and journalism (a cross-national comparative study of the qualities, causes and consequences of gender equality in and through the news media), political communication (analyses of “echo-chambers”, cultivation effects, media use and selective exposure), and gender and politics (the “politics of anxiety”, how and why sociotropic and egotropic anxiety may contribute to gender gaps in political involvement).


What is your favourite place in the world and why?

Hawaii. Perfect climate, nice people, great snorkelling, good food, amazing sights, and interesting history and culture.


What is your favourite place to eat and why?

Sechuan House in Melbourne. Spicy, affordable and not available in Europe.


What is the best piece of advice you have received?

Move to an island (I live on a small island, a fishing-village, on the Swedish west coast).


Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I am a gamer, addicted to playing online multiplayer games (MMORPGs), currently playing Elder Scrolls Online.